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Wyoming Eighth Graders Outscore National Average [AUDIO]

The Wyoming Department of Education says Wyoming 8th graders continued to outperform the nation in science on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress. Amy Richards reports. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services will host an open house for their new facility in Laramie today. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Childcare an Issue For Parents With Non-Traditional Hours

Wyoming Kids Count Director Marc Homer says finding quality child care can be challenging for parents during traditional weekday hours. Finding reliable early care and education becomes more difficult for parents who must work overtime, have rotating shifts, travel for work, or work early morning, evenings, and weekend hours.

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(Courtesy of Cheyenen Botanic Gardens)
(Courtesy of Cheyenen Botanic Gardens)
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National Public Gardens Day Celebrated

National Public Gardens Day is Friday May 11th, 2012. Shane Smith, Director of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens says it's a national day of awareness about the important role public gardens play in their communities.

Smith says the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens will be gi

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Farmers Market (Justin Sullivan/Getty)
Farmers Market (Justin Sullivan/Getty)
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U.S.D.A. Wants More Farmer’s Markets to Participate in SNAP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $4 million dollars in grant money available to increase farmer's market participation in the SNAP nutrition program.

U. S. D. A. Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan says in FY 2008 they had redemption of $1.5 million dollars in SNAP at farmer's markets. In 2011 it was $8 million dollars, or a 400 percent increase.

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Kaysen Proposes $49.6 Million City Budget

Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen is proposing a $49.6 million budget for the city for fiscal year 2013, a decrease of about 1.8 percent compared to the 2012 budget as approved by the city council last year. The mayor says no layoffs of full-time city employees are included in his budget proposal, but there will be cutbacks of hours among some part time employees as well as one layoff.

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(Courtesy Wyoming Department of Workforce Services)
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Evans Expects Continued Jobless Decline

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says she expects the state's jobless rate to continue to decline. Evans notes the overall statewide trend in recent months has been very small declines in the statewide rate from month to month.

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Special Olympics LE Torch Run Cheyenne (Doug Randall/TSM)
Special Olympics LE Torch Run Cheyenne (Doug Randall/TSM)
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Special Olympics Torch Carried to Capitol Building

The Cheyenne Police Department, Laramie County Sheriff's Department and the Wyoming Highway Patrol took part in the Cheyenne leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run  for Special Olympics Thursday morning, with a runner bearing the torch through several downtown Cheyenne streets, accompanied by a group of runners and led by vehicles from local law enforcement agencies.

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U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (Courtesy of U.S.D.A.)
U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (Courtesy of U.S.D.A.)
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Vilsack Announces Water Quality Initiative

U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the ''National Water Quality Initiative" will work in priority watersheds to help farmers, ranchers and  landowners improve water quality impaired streams. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has posted rules for safety contracts within HB 89 online and is taking public comment. Amy Richards has a report. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Alex Wong, Getty Images
Alex Wong, Getty Images
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Barrasso Blasts EPA Regulations [AUDIO]


Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) Alex Wong/Getty
 

U. S. Senator John Barrasso(R-WY) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday about his subcommittee report entitled “Red Tape Making Americans Sick” which details the health impacts of high unemployment. Three workers injured in a fire at the Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins were taken to a burn center in Colorado in critical condition. Doug Randall reports. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Gov. Mead Signs Mental Health Proclamation (Amy Richards/TSM)
Gov. Mead Signs Mental Health Proclamation (Amy Richards/TSM)
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Chidren’s Mental Health Awareness Week in Wyoming

Surrounded by green balloons,  Governor Matt Mead on Wednesday proclaimed May 6th-12th as Children's Mental Health Awareness Week in Wyoming .

The effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and tha

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